|When you're old fat and out of shape you drive somewhere flat to ride|
I don't do many ride reports because to do one you need to actually..um...ride, and until recently the only riding I was doing was a 10 block round trip to the farmers market on Sundays. I'm trying to change that and have ridden 7 of the last 9 days, at first to test out the Schwinn Passage and then to try and start building some fitness. My Velo brother the Trailer Park Cyclist, threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to ride 24 miles. My cyclo-computer is set to Kilometers, a cheap fiction to make me feel like I am going faster and longer, so I've modified the challenge to 24 kilometers. That's 15 miles for those keeping score at home, I felt that was plenty challenging considering I hadn't ridden that far since the fall of 2013 and my longest ride this week had been 10 Km (6.25 miles) so 15 miles/24 Km was going to be more than double my longest ride thus far.
|beginning odometer 72.95 km|
A secondary gauntlet, to the distance, was riding on the Alki bike path most of the way, I like the idea of bike paths but I don't usually like riding on them, this one has bikes; tourists, joggers, kids on razor scooters, people walking dogs on extendo-leashes and it goes through some heavily travelled areas where folks step into the path without looking -all the time. Usually I would take my chances with the cars on the road but I am so slow it doesn't really matter right now, and the views are pretty nice.
|Seattle skyline looking across Elliot bay|
|Looking toward Vashon Island|
|Hanging on the sailboat not a bad way to pass Labor day|
and deploy anti-bonking protocols.
It was nice to take a bit of breather and rest the "sit bones" for while and then it was back on the bike.
|Obligatory Space Needle shot.|
I was getting tired but fortunately the headwind on the way out was a bit of a tailwind on the way back so that helped. I was waiting for someone to blow by me and tell me how slow I was and I had a witty retort all ready to go: I'm not slow..I'm Glacial. Unfortunately no one obliged.
|folks getting their exercise on the water|
As I headed into the home stretch I could see on my bike computer that I was going to be a hair short of my goal of 24 km so I added a little extra loop to hit the mark.
|ending odometer 96.99 km|
|post ride suds|